Party Punch. What’s So Special About That?

As the weather warms and the heart of wedding season looms there’s one constant connector between the two. And that’s the appearance of punch at the party! Now we all know there’s a range in punch from the non-alcohol to the spiked imbibing with a kick!

We think this Art Deco punch bowl and these vintage coupes from Audrey Would! are the perfect party punch mix!

A 1940s vintage punch bowl in pretty purple. Made of blown glass and perfect for a special gathering of friends!

But did you know…

Punch pre-dates the cocktail? Why yes, it’s true! And in fact it’s so true that it goes back three centuries prior to the cocktail debut! Punch was first created in the 16th Century by British Soldiers stationed in India, while the first evidence of a cocktail albeit sans alcohol made its entrance in the early 19th Century. Who knew?

What’s so special about punch? I mean, we all grew up with it and have seen it at different occasions and gatherings, and with almost any combination of ingredients you can imagine.

This vintage Indiana Glass punch set from Audrey Would! has lived through one or two!

A vintage punch set with modern lines, perfect for today's lifestyle!

Well… here’s what’s really going on in that bowl.

Punch (and I am now referring to spiked punch) is all about communal drinking and fun! It’s about sharing the same drink with your friends, and if you’re the host it’s like a one-stop-shop. You basically mix one drink large enough to hydrate more than just a few, and then you get to join the party too!

This special edition punch set from Audrey Would! has got that all squared away. It comes with 16 cups!

A special edition Mid Century punch set , 'Golden Anniversary' by Champion.

So what’s really going on in that bowl?

Punch is more than just pouring a bunch of ingredients into a bowl and giving it a stir. In fact, that’s exactly what not to do! Here are the classic punch take-aways for the ‘right’ things to do.

  • Classic punch always contains 5 elements: spirits, sugar, citrus, water and spice. Did you know tea can be considered a spice? See how it’s used in the recipe at the end!
  • Punch is always stirred, but not the way you think. There are two ways to stir punch,
    • Over ice in a pitcher, but never in the punch bowl
    • Poured back and forth between two pitchers with ice (this is called rolling)
    • And then… you strain the punch into the bowl leaving the ice behind

Whaat? No ice??

  • Punch is served over a large block of ice rather than immersed with cubes.
    • This keeps the punch cold, but slows down dilution
    • And this is where the ice ring can substitute for the block of ice
  • Club Soda or sparkling wine are used for effervescence in punch.
    • That’s just what you do!
  • Definitely do add edible garnishes in the punch bowl.
    • They are the floating touch to your punchy presentation
    • And, guests can add to their drinks as they choose

But most importantly…

  • Pay tribute to the punch!
    • That’s right, serve your punch in a vintage bowl. That’s called serving it right, and at Audrey Would! we just happen to have a few. 😉

To wrap all this up, we recommend you try Death & Co’s recipe for classic Mother’s Ruin Punch. The name says it all, doesn’t it?

Cheers to fun with friends! Do you have any punch tips, vintage bowls or recipes to share?

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Vintage Shot Glasses – Optical Illusion: Dominos or Dice?

Awhile ago I listed this set of shot glasses and referenced the design overlay as dice.

BAR-4108-SZ Dominos Shot Glasses, Black, Gold, Anchor Hocking (x4) (2)

 

I even featured these glasses in this Polyvore set thinking of them as dice…

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I never thought much more about it until I received this email:

Hello:

While I was browsing your site, I noticed that the “Shot Glasses, Black & Gold Dice, Anchor Hocking” should actually be labelled “Vintage Shot Glasses, Black & Gold Dominos, Anchor Hocking”.

I love your website – it was a real stroll down memory lane.  I grew up in the fifties-seventies and saw many of the barware pieces either in my parents’ home, friends’ homes, or I had considered purchasing them as wedding gifts!

I actually have my own set of Baribocraft teak salad bowls that I received as a wedding gift in 1980 and it is used regularly.

Thank you,

/pmk

 

When I went back and took another look, sure enough, the ‘dice’ were clearly domino tiles!

BAR-4108-SZ Dice Shot Glasses, Black, Gold, Anchor Hocking (x4) (1)

And now that I see the dominos I can’t believe I didn’t see them before. I think this was a case of optical illusion, one of those brain teasers where you either see the young woman or the old woman, two profiles or a goblet. You know the ones.

Isn’t it funny how this works?

I think this illustrates another important aspect to keep in mind. What one sees is not necessarily what another sees, so always be true to yourself and enjoy the things you like!

If you are looking for unique vintage barware, perhaps some Canadian vintage Baribocraft, maybe a retro wedding gift option – why not pop over to Audrey Would! and enjoy a browse through our vintage collections? We carry pieces ranging from the 1920s to 1970s with a large focus on Mid-Century Modern classics!

If you don’t see what you are looking for please contact us! We might have just the thing, but haven’t got it listed yet… and we are always happy to treasure hunt for you!

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Vintage Double Rocks Glasses… and the Mystery Cocktail on Ice!

If you’ve been following along on Audrey Would!‘s Facebook page, Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter you will have seen the teaser posts! Yes, we were playing around with hand carved ice cubes, and we did enjoy a classic cocktail over a cube or two! You’re dying to know what that cocktail was, aren’t you?

This is a little preview of the hand carved ice cubes in the making…

Hand Carved Ice Cubes (Audrey Would!)

We boiled the water first and then froze it in a well-rinsed milk carton. Apparently boiling the water creates clear ice? Maybe next time! What we learned later is that filling a small cooler with hot water is the way to go. There’s something about the water freezing from the top down that makes perfect blocks of ice to carve from. We’ll be giving that a try!

Our ulterior motive was to feature these stunning vintage double rocks glasses paired with a classic cocktail on ice. Why? These glasses are slightly larger than your typical double rocks size, and perfect for a large, hand carved cube, or the popular round ice balls we’re enjoying these days. There’s something really fun about these big, single chunks!

Vintage Double Rocks Glass, 22k Gold Rim, Crystal

These glasses are hand blown Czechoslovakian crystal with 22k gold bands… available in a Set of 4 at Audrey Would! Notice the slight contour? This is a fantastic feature, because the contour really does make this larger rocks glass easier to hold. I love these glasses, and am feeling slightly attached!

I know I set you up with this teaser pic, so let’s not prolong the delay!

Double Rocks Glass, Hand Carved Ice , Audrey Would!

Here’s a look at this hard-to-find vintage beauty filled with the popular cocktail classic, the Negroni! Isn’t the Negroni pretty?

Negroni, Vintage Double Rocks Glass, Hand Carved Ice Cubes

The top photos feature our carved cube, and the bottom shows the round ball of ice. Notice the difference in drink level? The Negroni was measured the same for both, but the chunk of carved ice was larger. Displacement in action… and would you believe me if I told you the Negroni is considered an aperitif? It’s the truth!

I like what we have here: a classic cocktail served in a sleek vintage double rocks glass perched on a Mid-Century Atomic bar stool.

Negroni Cocktail, Audrey Would

Does it get any better than that? Find Cocktails by Clemens’ recipe here, and learn a little about the Negroni’s history here! Oh, and do you have any ice carving tips to share? We’d love a tip or two!

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Let’s Tumble Up! Vintage 2-in-1 Water Carafe & Drinking Glass

In light of Saint Patrick’s Day, I am featuring this sweet green Art Deco piece from the Audrey Would! collection. Learn a little about its roots and see how our modern day Audrey might incorporate this 2-in-1 piece into daily use.

This piece was made by the Dunbar Glass Co. out of West Virginia in the early 1930s-40s, and was called a  tumble up set. The small glass known as the tumble doubled as the lid. Today these sets are commonly referred to as bedside water carafes, and a hotel I recently stayed in actually had a set very similar to this one on each side of the bed!

Dunbar Glass Co - Green Glass Tumble Up Set

Dunbar Glass Co. was in business for 40 years, between 1913 and 1953. They began making household glassware in the 1920s; sadly the factory was later destroyed by fire, and as a result Dunbar glassware pieces are harder-to-find collectibles. This green tumble up set is one of Dunbar’s later pieces, but because of the fire is actually quite rare.

The more common tumble up sets were produced mainly in the 1930s and were typically made of pink Depression glass. These pink carafes usually had ridges around the body and base, with the tumbles matching the ridges in their design.

Dunbar Glass Pink Tumble Up Set

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The design was later modified as you can see here in the green set.

Art Deco Dunbar Glass Bedside Water Carafe - Green

Notice there are no ridges at the base of the carafe, they are around its neck instead, and the tumble is without ridges at all. The newer carafes also had a pouring spout shaped into their rim, but the key design modification was in how the tumble fit the carafe as a lid. In the earlier sets the tumble fit over the outside of the carafe’s neck, but with this carafe you can see the tumble fits inside. This was a definite improvement in the design, because the tumble could be replaced after use and the water would not roll down the outside! If you look back at the pink carafe notice the difference in the rim and the tumble lid?

I can see how useful a tumble up set is for its intended bedside purpose, but how about our modern Audrey? How else do you think this Art Deco piece might be incorporated into today?

This is what I see…

Dunbar Glass Co - Green Tumble Up Set

Yes, I think this little tumble up set would be perfect at a desk. In today’s world we spend a lot of time at our desks, and staying hydrated is key.

But we also have modern technology that doesn’t play well with water as a contact sport!

Dunbar Glass Co - Green Tumble Up Set

I think with the tumble up set, our modern Audrey can have both.

Dunbar Glass Co - Green Tumble Up Set

What do you think? Is the 2-in-1 tumble up something you might choose to use at your desk?

UPDATE: SOLD

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A Little Grape-a, A Little Grappa!

Over the weekend we had a few friends in for hors d’œuvres and cocktails. For a sweet nibble to wind the evening down the Mister decided to go with a Jamie Oliver recommendation – frozen grapes, dark and milk chocolate chunks… and Grappa!

Grappa, Frozen Grapes, Chocolate

The frozen grapes and chocolate were a hit with me, but the Grappa, well… do you know Grappa?

Grappa is a fragrant, grape-based brandy that originated in Italy, and comes in a wide variety of options. I can see why it is paired with frozen grapes and chocolate, it just didn’t really connect with my taste buds!

The highlight for me was instead, the beautiful vintage cordial glasses we served the Grappa in! Here’s a closer look at the blown glass blue-amber beauty!

Blue Amberina, Bluerina Cordial Glasses, Audrey Would!

Do you know about Blue Amberina glass, aka Bluerina glass? If not, you can jump over to this post!

We also enjoyed using a vintage Baribomaid board to serve everything on. This classic board, made by Baribocraft Canada, belongs to us, but did you know you can also pick up Baribocraft pieces at Audrey Would? By the way, Jamie Oliver collects Baribocraft Salad bowls, mentioned in an article about Baribocraft here!

I hope you’re having a great week. If you’ve had Grappa, how did you like it?

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